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Unapproved genetically engineered wheat found in Oregon

By Charles Abbott, Reuters

WASHINGTON - A strain of genetically engineered winter wheat that was never approved for U.S. sale or consumption was found sprouting on a farm in Oregon, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.

The wheat was developed years ago by biotechnology company Monsanto Co but never put into use in the face of worldwide opposition to genetically engineered wheat.

The most recent field test of such wheat was in 2005.